Please consider helping the descendants of Capt. Henry Wirz, Commandant of Andersonville
Prison Camp (1864-1865), apply for a Presidential Pardon for him. After the War, Capt. Wirz was
taken to Washington and tried before a Military Tribunal. He was found guilty of murdering
Yankee prisoners (no body NOR no prisoner name was ever given), and hung on November 10, 1865. Many historians have called the trial a national disgrace, and the most unfair trial ever held in the United States. After the hanging, the Yankees cut off Capt. Wirz’ head, arms, and legs, and publicly exhibited the bones about the country. In 2020 some of the bones are still on public exhibit at a museum in Maryland.
The descendants of Capt. Wirz and a number of their friends have acquired the services of ttorney David McCallister from near Tampa, Florida to apply for the Pardon. Mr. McCallister has been
involved in several lawsuits involving Southern civil rights plus city and county governments moving CSA monuments. Mr. McCallister has volunteered his personal legal services at no
charge. However, there will be a number of expenses in applying for the Pardon. These include a trip to Washington to determine the exact legal procedure, plus a second trip to take all the paperwork required for the Pardon request. Several trips to Andersonville Prison Camp (now Andersonville National Historic Site) to gather information are expected. A trip to Louisiana will be needed to discuss things with a number of the Capt. Wirz direct descendants living there, along with calls and correspondence with Col. Heinrich Wirz (great grand nephew) of Switzerland. A lot of other legal research by the attorney’s secretaries will be needed.
We friends of the Wirz family have set a target of raising $ 8,500.00 to cover these expenses and any others that may come up. Thus far, a total of $ 2,000.00 has been donated by the Americus Camp and one individual.
If you see fit to donate towards the expenses involved in the Presidential Pardon Request, please make the check out to “Capt. Wirz Book Account” and mail to James Gaston, 2220 GA Hwy. 30
West, Americus, GA 31719. Those making a donation of $ 50.00 or more will receive a copy of the booklet “Andersonville Prison and Capt. Henry Wirz Trial.”
Thank you in advance for your help.
James Gaston, Chairman of the annual Capt. Henry Wirz Memorial Service (held in Andersonville) for the past 20 years. For more information, call or text me at 229-938-9115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org